my word i chose for 2014 is balance. you can read all about it here.
we are now two months into 2014, and i did gain some balance in certain areas of my life. my husband & i did whole 30 & achieved a balance in our eating habits. which we are going to stick with as much as we can throughout the year(s).
we have also been intentional about going out on dates as much as we can and achieving some balance with "us" time. some ways we are doing this is through 52 dates in 52 weeks & passport to fun!
we have also been balancing our budget better lately. february was our best month yet & it's the month we did whole 30 - so you can eat healthy & not spend tons of money!
however, when i originally picked the word i was very exhausted from a very FULL year. because of this, i may have imagined a stress free world where everything is perfectly balanced. a comfortable world. but, that's just not life. the past two months have been anything but perfectly balanced and i'm sure the next ten months will be the same.
my job is as busy as ever causing me to sometimes work over the weekends or bring my work home with me at night. it seems like our weekends just get booked & sometimes we can't even get our laundry done or dishes washed over the weekend. the little free time we do have we are not spending well because we're so exhausted. my to-do list just continues to grow with each day that passes.
but you know what? I have felt more balanced even in the midst of all the chaos.
the word balance means something new to me now. i cannot make my life balanced through my own strength. balance comes from standing on the solid ROCK. when i cultivate my relationship with the Lord & make time with Him a priority - everything seems to flow from there. He is the true balance that i need and when i give my time, to-do list, and priorities over to Him, He fills in all the blanks.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
what has God taught you so far this year?
how are you being challenged?